What’s Your One Word for 2014?

by admin

Resolutions don’t work. So, rather than focusing on all the ways we want to live differently in 2014, a little book?I read recently suggests we’d be better off focusing on a one word theme for the year and live into it.

What’s your one word?

For 2014, mine is “early.”

I want to:

  • wake up early
  • pray early
  • workout early
  • finish tasks early
  • get to appointments early
  • finish my sermon early (this would be life-changing!)
  • get to bed early

What about you? Leave comments below.

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Luke January 1, 2014 - 10:14 pm


Kelli January 1, 2014 - 10:41 pm


-Put OTHERS first
-Pick the OTHER road (Choose to go down the less popular road when it is the right thing to do)
-Try daily task the OTHER way (People are afraid of change but we may learn to do something differently that we like better or may develop an understanding of why different people do things differently)
-Go one OTHER step (give that 110% of effort to everything possible)

Andrew Forrest January 2, 2014 - 3:11 pm

I think there is a lot to be said about going one other step. I bet the willingness to go one more step separates successful folks from the crowd, both in spiritual and worldly senses.

Keith Houff January 2, 2014 - 7:03 am

My one word is seek.
Seek God’s will for my life.
Seek His word daily through the Bible and prayer.
Seek Gratitude for the many blessings He is responsible for in my life.
Seek ways God can make me a blessing to others.

Andrew Forrest January 2, 2014 - 3:09 pm

I really like the idea of seeking gratitude. Good stuff.

Keith Houff January 4, 2014 - 7:18 am

Have you seen the youtube “Real Gratitude”? It is a good reminder to purposefully seek gratefulness. I meet with my oncologist at the beginning of each year, and have been doing so since 1999. From this meeting each year in January I am reminded to celebrate God’s gift of life. I am happy to know that all Christians can choose to realize God’s plan that we are all eternal beings created by God to inhabit physical bodies. I want to experience a grateful attitude that my life is a gift from God, and not just following my yearly exam from my doctor.

Andrew Forrest January 4, 2014 - 10:48 am

I have seem that video. Great stuff. No question about it, cultivating gratitude is a more pleasant way to live. We have a lot to be thankful for.

Jessica Killough January 30, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Andrew/Keith, can you send the link to this video? Interested to see it…

Curtis Vaughn January 2, 2014 - 8:24 am

I think my word would be “follow” for the year.

Follow through on things I say I will do.
Follow good examples in my life.
Follow my diet and exercise plans.
Follow my conscience and my heart.
Follow up on prayers that have been answered and that have not.
Follow up with friends to see how they are.
And Follow up on improving not only my life but the life’s of those around me.

That was a thinker there, good idea to start off the new year.


Andrew Forrest January 2, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Curt, this is a great word, too. David Allen talks a lot about how stress comes from breaking agreements with yourself. If you just followed through on things you said you’d do, not only would others really appreciate it, I think it would lead to lower stress as well.

Erin Smith January 2, 2014 - 10:08 am

Love the blog Andrew~ Mine word is: Focused. I seem to wander from task to task, somehow afraid I won’t finish them all. This year I am trying time-blocking to get the most out of my time. And none of it matters if I don’t spend time talking and listening to God and studying the Word, so those have to be front and center! Blessings to you and your sweet family~

Andrew Forrest January 2, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Erin, sounds like you’d rather be a hedgehog than a fox. Good thought.

Mike Orren January 3, 2014 - 9:27 am

My word is “prepare.” It actually came to me in a dream while I was in Spain this fall and it seemed like God speaking to me.

The way I interpret that is getting all of the extraneous junk out of the way; all the barriers that keep me from being where I want to be. That happens to translate into resolution-y territory about being healthy, getting enough sleep, praying, reading the Bible, writing, exercising, etc.

Andrew Forrest January 3, 2014 - 10:03 am

Mike, that was almost my word. I would like to begin things having done the right kind of preparation. Maybe that’s next year.

Claire January 3, 2014 - 9:31 am


Healthy Physically
Healthy Spiritually
Healthy Mentally
Healthy Financially

Good concept!

Andrew Forrest January 3, 2014 - 10:02 am

Love it.

Amanda Stevens January 3, 2014 - 10:06 am

I love this, Andrew! I read “My One Word” around this time last year and chose “light.” This year, my word is “obey.” I struggle with letting the Holy Spirit guide me and often defer to what I want to do.

Andrew Forrest January 3, 2014 - 10:12 am

Were you able to lean into “light” for all of last year?

michael January 3, 2014 - 10:25 am

Andrew , I appreciate this and have actually been thinking a lot these last 2 months. I look forward to this blog. My word Is RESOLVE, I will pursue my spirit and growth, family life and growth and new career direction with an unwavering RESOLVE, which is interesting my Mother used this word a lot. Praise God for my blessings.Peace , see you sunday for the first early sermon. M

Andrew Forrest January 3, 2014 - 11:12 am

In what ways did your mom use the word?

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Gordon January 3, 2014 - 11:39 am

andrew, i think i will steal your word. Early could change my life for the better!
thanks for the post

Andrew Forrest January 4, 2014 - 6:57 am

Tell me about it.

Chelsie January 3, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Last year, my one word was graceful – I thought I’d completed it and was ready for another word this year but as I thought it through, I realized I wanted 2014 to be a mixture of generous and forgiving….which is to say, graceful. So I’m sticking with it. I want to lead gracefully, follow gracefully, wait gracefully, etc.

Great post!

Micheal Poston January 3, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Acquiescence; I opened my thesaurus app an looked up the antonym for ?resistance?
Shortly after turning 40, a friend suggested The War of Art by Steven Pressfield during a conversation in which I revealed that I was ready to do great things, but always seem to find some reason or obstacle to not start or try something. I downloaded it on my iPad. About 3 weeks before turning 41 I decided it was time to read it. I was so moved by the inspiration Pressfield offered with overcoming resistance that I have reread it 4 times in the last 6 months. His advice to writers and artist can apply to health, diet, career, faith, you name it.
Knowing that it is not enough just to read his advice, I have been toiling how I would make 2014 a year of applying it. Your blog suggesting ?one word? offers a great solution. Instead of focusing on each task, focus on a frame of mind.

Andrew Forrest January 4, 2014 - 6:58 am

Michael: write down some goals and go for it.

Canitha Graning January 3, 2014 - 7:46 pm

VISION: Where there is no VISION the people perish.
Vision to see and not just look.
Vision to see beyond the boundaries.
“And the scales fell from their eyes and their eyes were opened.”

Alex Whitman January 3, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Very thought provoking…I love it.

I’ve got to think about my word, I’ll get back with you on this one.

Cary January 3, 2014 - 10:22 pm

I love this Andrew! My word for 2014 is CONFIDENCE:

Confidence in myself and the job that God has blessed me with (even though it scares me to death sometimes).

Confidence that God’s plan is better than my own (even if things haven’t gone quite as I would have expected).

Confidence in this crazy world and the goodness of mankind (even though the media bombards us with negative images day after day after day).

Andrew Forrest January 4, 2014 - 6:59 am

Cary, I think that’s a really important word. What would you do if you were CONFIDENT God’s goodness would win?

Erica Zeplin January 4, 2014 - 7:49 am

Live. As in Proverbs 4:4, “Then he taught me and said to me, Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and LIVE.”

Chris January 4, 2014 - 9:39 am

My word for 2014 is present.

I’m actually breaking it down further into:

Be present. Be a present. Represent (a bit of a stretch, I know).

I’m going to spend time looking at how to live into this with God, at home, at work and in relationships.

Andrew Forrest January 4, 2014 - 10:49 am

Particularly in a distracted age, presence is more important than ever.

Chris January 4, 2014 - 11:24 am

As my daughter reminds me with her puppy-dog eyes every time she catches me looking at my phone. She might be my biggest motivation with this effort.

Andrew Forrest January 4, 2014 - 12:57 pm

I think you are right on in mentioning motivation; if we are going to accomplish what we want to accomplish, we are going to need to remind ourselves why we care about this in the first place.

Melinda Smith January 4, 2014 - 10:19 am

Love the blog. My word is “strength.” Strength to get up in the morning, focus on Him and do the work He allows me to do. Strength that I continue to clean out my heart of all the bad that dwells there so only He dwells there in a clean “house.” Strength to turn off the TV and computers and IPads and spend quiet time with Him in prayer and meditation. Strength that I share with my grandchildren the joy of being close to Him. Strength that I find peace in the simplicity of life rather than in the hubbub of life. Strength that I find joy in what I have rather than desire for what I don’t have. “…the joy of The Lord is your strength.” Indeed, it is.

Andrew Forrest January 4, 2014 - 10:50 am

I think you are right on: it requires a lot of strength to turn off all the distractions that surround us.

Nick Weatherford January 4, 2014 - 11:34 am

My word this year is initiative. I believe that The Lord has a plan for all of us but that we are required to take the first step. So I want to take action and get out of my comfort zone this year.

Crystal Orre January 4, 2014 - 12:18 pm

I love this, Andrew. I think I’ll choose NOW. No more putting off the things that would make me happy for “some day in the future.” Similarly, the things I know I must do to keep on track and make myself better and more at peace, do it NOW. And most important, the experiences I’m having in the moment- rather than worry so much about documenting it, enjoy the experience NOW. Thanks so much for this!

Jacob January 4, 2014 - 1:23 pm


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After taking a while to consider my word carefully, I choose “love.”
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-I will love others more.
– I will love myself more.
– I will love my life in 2014, because it will be filled with love!

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Way to take time to consider, Barbara!

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